x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Japan Racing Association add Transcend to the Dubai World Cup

The five-year-old Japan Cup Dirt and February Stakes champion Transcend will join the JRA's two-time defending horse of the year Buena Vista in the prestigious March 26 race.

TOKYO // Transcend, Japan's latest wonder horse, has been entered in the US$10 million (Dh36.73m) Dubai World Cup later this month, the Japan Racing Association (JRA) has announced.

The five-year-old Japan Cup Dirt and February Stakes champion Transcend will join the JRA's two-time defending horse of the year Buena Vista in the prestigious March 26 race.

Transcend had been billed to run in the Grade Two Godolphin Mile before his recent run of red-hot form prompted trainer Takayuki Yasuda to enter the Dubai World Cup.

Japan's Arima Kinen champion Victoire Pisa will also be among a high-quality field for the 2,000-metre race on at Meydan Racecourse's synthetic all-weather surface.

No Japanese horse has ever won the world's richest horse race, which pays out US$6m to the winner.

Cigar (1996), Dubai Millennium (2000), Curlin (2008) and Well Armed (2009) are among those who have triumphed in Dubai since it was launched in 1996.